Additional Funds Available for Commercial Fisheries Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Commercial fishing vessels tied up in San Francisco
CDFW photo by K. Lesyna

Commercial fishery participants and other commercial fishing-related businesses can now apply for additional financial assistance for COVID-19 related impacts. The Secretary of Commerce announced the allocation of an additional $255 million in fisheries assistance funding earlier this year, with California receiving $15,315,740 under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Applications for these recovery funds are now available through the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) for eligible and qualified individuals and businesses. Continue reading “Additional Funds Available for Commercial Fisheries Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Call for Candidates to Serve on Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Body

PFMC logoThe Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to serve on a number of advisory subpanels and committees regarding West Coast marine fishing and habitat issues. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received via the Council’s online Advisory Body Nomination Form no later than 5 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2021. Continue reading “Call for Candidates to Serve on Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Body”

New Trap Regulations for Recreational Crabbing in California

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New trap buoy configuration
CDFW photo by P. Ward

The California Fish and Game Commission adopted new regulations for the recreational crab fishery in late 2020. The revised regulations include the following new requirements when fishing with crab traps: Continue reading “New Trap Regulations for Recreational Crabbing in California”

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Join Us! MPA Decadal Management Review Community Meetings

The public is invited to learn about the Marine Protected Area (MPA) Decadal Management Review and share their perspectives regarding the MPA Network in a series of virtual community meetings hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Ocean Protection Council and the California Fish and Game Commission. Continue reading “Join Us! MPA Decadal Management Review Community Meetings”

CDFW Requests Nominees for the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program’s Scientific Advisory Committee

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White seabass. photo courtesy PIER

Update – The deadline for submitting a letter of interest and CV for a position on the OREHP Scientific Advisory Committee has been extended to Nov. 30, 2021.

The The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is requesting nominations for the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC is mandated by the California Legislature to advise CDFW’s Director and the Ocean Resources Enhancement Advisory Panel regarding program activities. The SAC’s goal is to help ensure scientific integrity and transparency in science-based decision making. Continue reading “CDFW Requests Nominees for the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program’s Scientific Advisory Committee”